A to Z: Overcoming Though Eternity


Eternity

1.  Continuing without interruption; perpetual.
2. Forever true or changeless: eternal truths.
3. Seemingly endless; interminable.
4. Of or relating to spiritual communion with God, especially in the afterlife.

16 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self  is being renewed day by day. 17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18(ESV)

Trying to summarize how “eternity” empowers me to overcome was very daunting. My mind swirled with so many analogies & emotions. Eternity is what my soul yearns for, it is life with no more death, endings, goodbyes, and no more physical limits. Immediately, I thought of the verses in 2 Corinthians. These words express perfectly what it is that drives me to overcome here on earth as I press forward with my feet planted in the present my gaze strains, rooted towards the heavens and eternity with Him.
My life is winding down, and there is less of it left today than there was yesterday. While there is a natural inclination to fight for life, and to cling to our days, I find no sadness,  and no despair in the fact my end will come, and that my body will wither away and die. Each day may bring physical death one step closer, but at the same time this death also ushers me to closer to the glorious threshold to eternity.  This life and these moments are not all there is. This life is but an appetizer of things to come, and quite frankly a poor one in comparison of what has been promised “yet to be.”

 

Were there no hope of life after death, and no purpose for my life other than what I could attain and accomplish here on earth, I feel my days would be filled with frantic grapplings and relentless empty pursuits. My life would be singularly focused on the goal of attaining things which could only be mine but for fleeting moments in time. Following each conquest would be a deep engulfing sense of discontent and a silent horrifying whisper  “Is that all there was.”
Because Jesus Christ made atonement for my sins, I am fully persuaded and believe, new life, true life awaits me. Because I have confessed Jesus Christ is Lord, and submitted my life to him, spiritual death has taken place followed by a Spiritual resurrection and new life. While I wait for eternity, my goal is to finish well, no regrets, and no waste. I will stand before the Lord of Creation and give account for my days and hours. Though my victories will pale in the light of His Holiness and Beauty, I want something to give him. I want my life to demonstrate that I understood as well as I possibly could, the wondrous and amazing sacrifice He made on my behalf. I will die to myself, and fight every day to overcome, becuase when I stand at the threshhold of eternity, I want to hear the words “Well done my good and faithful servant.”

And do not fear those who kill the body

but cannot kill the soul.

Rather fear him who can destroy

both soul and body in hell.

Matthew 10:28 (ESV)

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13 comments

    1. Jen, It is indeed a beautiful life yet the best is yet to come. I can not fathom what I will feel like the moment I am in His presence. Just like the song, will I dance, sing, cry, will I be able to do anything but fall on my face!!!

      Blessings to you and your family as you celebrate Life and Hope

    1. I have been finding little gems here and there as I wade through the participants. I am happy to make your acquaintance and to have discovered your blog. Blessings to you this very joyous weekend. Because He lives, I am finding a never ending supply of like-minded brothers and sisters across the globe.
      Blessings!
      Jody

  1. I enjoy my life and want to be here on this Earth as long as I can mostly because of my children and grandchildren, but with each day l long more for and am more excited about eternity in the presence of God. What a glorious state of being that will be!

    Lee
    An A to Z Co-Host
    Tossing It Out

    1. You are so very right Arlee. I love y life, my husband, kids, family. I would love to still be here when He returns, but at the same time I am overwhelmed my the power and tug to be with Him, and to see Him face to face.

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